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Try reseating the hard disk. If the Thinkpad still does not boot up then go into the BIOS and see if the BIOS detects the hard disk. If it does not detect the hard disk then most likely the hard disk is faulty and needs to be replaced. Windows then needs to be installed on the new hard disk and the Thinkpad R61 device drivers and your programs to get a working laptop again.
If the BIOS cannot detect the 80Gb hard disk then it is probably faulty. Make sure the jumper on the hard drive is set to MA (master), if this doesn't work set it to CS (cable select) If it still isn't detected by the BIOS then the hard disk is faulty and you need a new hard disk.
This error occurs when the notebook cannot boot up from the hard disk. The hard disk may be faulty. Try re-seating the hard disk to make sure it makes proper connection to the motherboard. Next go into the BIOS configuration and check to see if the BIOS detects the hard disk, if it is not detected the the hard disk is probably faulty. To get your notebook operating again, replace the faulty hard disk, install Windows on the new hard disk, plus the notebook's device drivers and your programs.
The problem could be one of these -
The hard disk needs reseating to make proper electrical connection.
The hard disk is faulty.
The BIOS has not detected the hard disk.
The hard disk controller is faulty
To determine the fault -
Reseat the hard disk and boot up the laptop.
Check the BIOS configuration - does it detect the hard disk. The BIOS may have a hard disk diagnostic, if so then run the diagnostic.
For a further hard disk test - remove the hard disk and connect it to an USB hard drive adapter and plug it into a working computer's USB port. If the hard disk is OK then this computer will detect it as an external hard drive and you can open the folders and files.
If not then the hard disk is confirmed faulty.
To get the Gateway working, install a new hard drive and install Windows, the laptop's device drivers and your programs.
first thing to do is to remove and reconnect the hard disk to the system. devices like hard disk not detected often is just a result of loose connections. if this will not work, may be a good idea to test another hard disk with your computer or test the hard disk on another computer to isolate if the hard disk will need to be replaced.
Please check that the hard disk is connected properly. If you know that the hard disk is working, check whether it is detected or not. If it's not detected, you'll need to recheck it again with the power supply. If possible, try it to another Laptop so that you can make sure that Hdd isn't the culprit.
In case it's detected and the problem still persists, repair the operating system installation, this will definitely solve your problem. Good luck.
If the BIOS cannot detect the hard disk then probably the hard disk is faulty.
To check if the hard disk is faulty, remove the hard disk and connect it to an USB hard drive adapter and connect it to a working computer's USB port. If this computer cannot detect the hard drive or open the folders and files, then the hard disk is faulty.
To get your computer operating again, replace the hard drive with a new one and install Windows on the new hard drive plus the computer's device drivers and your programs.
THis error comes when your hard drive not recognized in bios. For that make sure your hard drive is detected in bios. When you power up the computer press F1 or F2 or "del" key to enter in bios. Then disable SATA option in Ide configuration . Then save and exit. Then If still not detected in bios then you need to reattch hard drive in to laptop. For that you need to open back cover of laptop the reattach hard drive. Let me know if you need further assistance. Thanks for using FixYa.
Are you trying to install Windows or reinstall Windows?
The PXE-E61 POST error means the BIOS cannot detect the hard disk, either a faulty hard disk or a faulty disk controller.
Check the BIOS and see if it has detected the hard disk, some BIOS also have a hard disk diags, if so run it to test the hard drive.
My guess is that you have a faulty hard disk.
XP install is not detecting any hard disk.
No jumpers are required for laptops, can only have one hard drive in a laptop.
Check the BIOS for the hard disk configuration, make sure that it is set on Auto (detect).
You may have a faulty hard disk, you can check it by booting up with a floppy DOS boot disk, run fdisk to see if it detects the hard disk, OR connect this hard drive to a USB hard disk adapter and connect it to a working computer's USB port and if it detects it as an external drive the it is OK.